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White: Anderson v Weidman targeted for July

ESPN staff
February 22, 2013
Anderson Silva is expected to face Chris Weidman © Getty Images

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The UFC has targeted the month of July for a middleweight title fight between champion Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman.

UFC president Dana White confirmed the promotion's plans on Thursday following an initial report by Brazilian news site Tatame. If agreed, the bout is expected to headline the UFC's annual Independence Day card in Las Vegas.

"That's what we want, but no we don't have it yet," White said. "We've been talking. It's not done, but we'll get it done."

The UFC expects to sign Silva to a new contract in the near future. The 37-year-old is widely considered the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world and holds the record for UFC title defences with 10.

Silva (33-4) last fought at UFC 153 in October. He defeated Stephan Bonnar via TKO in the first round of a non-title light-heavyweight contest.

Weidman (9-0) has been campaigning for a title shot since knocking out Mark Munoz at a UFC on Fuel event in July. He had been scheduled to fight Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 in December, but withdrew from the card with injury.

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